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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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8/29/12 4:29 P

If it's the Sparkpeople entry (the one without a username beside it) then all numbers are figured for cooked, unless otherwise noted. So if it's baked potato, the Sparkpeople entry, then it would be giving you information for cooked.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,249
8/29/12 4:15 P

what entry are you using?
when i search potato, this is what comes up:
baked potato
mashed potato
baked potato
sweet potato with skin
potato chips
french fries
red potato
raw potato
potato salad.

everything but the red potato and the raw potato is nutritional information for cooked potatoes. the red potato and the raw potato are for raw and should be measured before cooking. in general raw potatoes have just under 1 cal per gram.
so if you were using baked potato, you would enter in the cooked weight. if you chose raw potato, you'd weigh it raw.

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
8/29/12 1:40 P

Nigerin, now I am confused..haha Im using the tracker, so the tracker is after its cooked then ? is that right ?

NIRERIN Posts: 14,249
8/29/12 8:29 A

that really depends on what nutrition information you are using.

if you live in the us, then the information on the package has to be for the item as is in the package. so raw chicken inside the package would be raw chicken weight. frozen broccoli would be frozen weight. pasta is for uncooked pasta in the box. so if you're using the info on the package, then you should weigh it as is right after you open it and take it out, without cooking.

if you're using the nutrition info from the spark tracker, that's going to be cooked weight. so you'd cook it then weigh it. the only exception to this would be for something that specifically states that it is raw for that entry.

so if you want to use the raw potato entry, you'd weigh the potato when raw. if you were going to bake it, you could bake it and then weigh it and enter it as a baked potato. keep in mind that the more you take the potato away from how it came out of the ground, you will have more of a margin of error. eggs are the best way i can show you this. an egg has about 70 cals. scrambled eggs have about 100. many people think that if they take an egg, crack it, whip it up with a fork and cook it, then they have a scrambled egg. but the issue is that in order to be a scrambled egg, you have to have egg, milk and butter/oil. scrambled egg isn't named for the action, it's what you call those three ingredients together. going back to the potato, if you picked a baked potato from a restaurant, that might include sour cream and butter. the farther along that you measure, the less accurate your report.

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
8/29/12 6:24 A

Thanks again..thought as much, but wasnt too sure !

SPACEBOT1 SparkPoints: (32,667)
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8/29/12 4:38 A

I would always weigh things like potatoes, rice and pasta uncooked, otherwise you're not getting the true weight of the food but the weight of the water you used to cook it in depending on how much it's absorbed or lost.

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
8/29/12 4:34 A

Im unsure about this as I made the mistake of thinking pasta was weighed once cooked, so is it the same for potato and sweet potato ? weigh it cooked or uncooked ?


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